Unexplainable Joy

TO RECEIVE JOY 

The earth is fading each and everyday. We are surrounded with “non-believers” all the time whether it be in the workplace, or just running errands. The enemy drags us down, reminds us of our shame, our guilt, our sin nature. But what can we do?

“The joy of the LORD is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

His joy is our strength in this troubled world. The more we spend time with Him, the more we act like Him and the world will no longer shake us nor bring us down but we can stand firm on the promise that Him, His joy, is our strength.

THE WORD

“I bring you good news (God’s Word) that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10

God’s Word brings us joy as well! We can turn to it in times where we feel let down, feel overwhelmed, feel defeated, and pump ourselves up, build ourselves up to overcome the darkness inside. I can read all about the Lords promises for me, what He did for me, and His Son did for me, what He is doing for me, and what He will do for me. His Word gives me joy.

LIVING FOR HIM

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

“When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2

The life He gives us should bring us great joy. I know that for me, when I just sit and look around my home I see all the things that God used people to bless me with. I look at my husband and feel great joy that the Lord made him, shaped him, and designed him for me and me for him. I thank the Lord for my love, my family, my friends, and my job. I have so much, but yet, sometimes I desire more and become selfish, but the Lord always gently reminds me that I have everything that I need. I am content in what I have and I am content on where I am in life. The Lord blesses me with air in my lungs not just through the night, but the deep breath I breathe in the morning when I see the sun peering through my window. I thank the Lord all day long under my breath. He is just SO GOOD! It is unexplainable joy, I am ever grateful what He did for me, what He does for me, and what He will do in the future. He is an awesome God, He reigns over Heaven and earth. Rejoice, be thankful for all He does, and have unexplainable joy.

HIS PRESENCE

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

I will end with this. IN HIS presence, there is fullness, FULLNESS, of joy. When I worship the Lord God Almighty, my soul swells, explodes, and overflows with joy. The closer I get to the Father the more my heart burns for Him. I cannot help but the smile while praising Him. He is a loving Father, so good, and perfect in all of His ways. Amen? Can we all just shout for joy and know He is good, He is God, and to stop hiding in shame, regret, and troubles? Can we just praise the Lord together and forget the past, Yeshua paid it all! Therefore we can now rejoice and live a joyful life. We are lights to others when they see the joy on our faces. We can be in bad times in our life and others will ask, “Why are you so happy?” And I can say that the joy of the Lord is my strength and in His presence is fullness of joy. Hallelujah.

Verses

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,” 1 Peter1:8

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” Psalm 16:9

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,” Jude 1:24

 

In The Waiting

Singe life. A time of waiting…. Wait for prince charming to sweep you off your feet and marry you so you can get on with your life. Yeah, not true.

How To Wait

While in the beautiful season of waiting you are to serve. This is something lots of believers do. Occupy yourself with Gods work. If you just sit at home your whole life and just expect someone to come up to your door step and marry you, you will never get married. How do you meet people? You have to go out and serve in the right places (where there are good God-fearing people) and not going expecting to find “the one” but going in expectation for God to do something great, to move you in some way, to help people… Your whole purpose in life is to do Gods will. To live for Him. Marriage is just a bonus and a chance to do it with someone else. But your relationship with God does not change when you get married. Your marriage you so long for and dream about every night is not everything you think it is. Marriage is hard work. It is selfless. You literally cannot live without that person. You are with them forever and there is no escaping. It is a blessing, I love being married! But guys, it is still nothing compared to my relationship with God. No amount of kissing, of laughter, of sex, of anything you are so longing for in marriage will amount to God. Seriously. You think i’m not serious? You’ll see when you’re married.

God Is Your Everything. 

He is what you strive for, what you live for. That WILL NOT CHANGE when you get married. So if you have a bad relationship with God now, you will also have that when you get married. All the struggles you have now with lust and sin, you will still have when you get married unless you deal with them before you get married. When you get into a courtship, all the fights and disagreements you have when you are in a relationship will still be there when you get married unless you get rid of it before hand. You see how it works? All these things will remain when you are married. If you think your life will radically change and become a fairy tale when you get married, you are day dreaming something completely unrealistic. God is your soul sufficiency, your reason for living. Without Him, you marriage will fail. So if you do not have a relationship with Him now and you depend on your husband/wife for your only route of happiness you will be run dry. Because God is your happiness and that will not change. He fills the void inside. When you feel so alone and just want someone to “cuddle”, to understand you, to make you feel beautiful, loved, God is crying for you and saying “I am here, I am holding you, I understand you, you are beautiful in my sight, you are loved because I sent my Son to die on the cross for your sins My darling.” Do you know how much He longs for you?

Happiness

If you think you will find happiness in a boyfriend/girlfriend, you will be let down. Yes it is wonderful, and it is an adventure, but throughout it all, who is still there for you when you still feel alone? God is. Turn to Him and fix your eyes on the King of glory. Life isn’t all about waiting until you’re 16 so you can finally court, find a boy/girl, get married, and buy a house, have kids. It is about living for God. What happens when you get married and you fulfill everything you ever dreamed and you just sit there like… Okay… Now what? That happens because you just found out you just accomplished what you were waiting for and you do not know what else to do with yourself. But if you were living for God in the first place you would find that God has more for you than marriage. He has bigger plans beyond your plans. Plans that excel your expectations. Don’t always wait for “the next big thing”. LIVE FOR THE NOW.  We have a wonderful purpose in the Father. Such promises He has for us if only we can live it to the fullest instead of waiting. Waiting isn’t sitting down doing nothing and say, “Okay God move”. That is like sitting in your house for the rest of your life and waiting for prince charming to show up (Not likely). God doesn’t desire lazy people that feel entitled. Work in the waiting. Worship in the waiting, serve, smile, feel loved, be content. God is working in your life even when you feel the time is ticking before you surpass the “ideal age” for marriage. THERE IS NO IDEAL AGE. You will be married when God wants you to. Obey Him and trust Him. That is all you have to do. You have to work, and not just work, work hard for what you want. Gain some skills for yourself. One day when you are a husband/wife you should know how to do stuff.

Through It All

Through it all your eyes are on Him right? Just trust Him. He has that perfect someone for you or maybe He doesn’t. Either way you have to be at that place where you are okay with either way. Because either way, you life really doesn’t change much. You are still the same person with the same fire for God who longs to serve. Don’t wait, serve.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 38:4

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” Psalm 37:23

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

The Fear of the Lord

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

How To Fear God

The way I honor husband, my parents, my boss at work, the same way I treat the police, the government, the military; anyone who is in authority over me is the way I reverence the Lord and even more than what is listed. We should honor God above all of these things, but we are to treat anyone who is in authority with respect and have a healthy fear of them. I love my husband, and I want to do things for him and serve him the best way that I can in everything I do, in the same manner I do for my King. I love my parents, but growing up I would reverence them and fear what they could do to me if I broke the rules. When they walked in the room I wasn’t hiding in the corner afraid, I just feared them in a way that was respectful. I wouldn’t break the rules because there was consequences, but when I got punished my parents still loved me, just like when we do wrong things, God still loves us if we show Him we are truly sorry. I fear my boss and I love my boss. If I go against my boss and show no respect and a bad attitude then I can risk getting fired and losing my job. So I respect and fear my boss. This is how we love and respect God. He is our daddy, our boss, our husband, our friend, our authority. We must reverence Him!

Why Fear God?

Why fear God? Because He is the almighty King! The Lord over all the earth, the breath in my lungs, the song on my lips, the fire in my veins… He is God of all and because He created me, I worship and honor Him. There is no other god before Him, He is the only living God, amen? He isn’t a big teddy bear in the sky either, He is a Father with rules and expectations that we must follow. He doesn’t desire lawless children, but ones who obey His rules and love correction. The Bible says that fools despise correction but one who is wise fears God. We should thank God every time we get corrected.because that means He loves us! A dad who doesn’t care about his child will let the child run wild, break the rules, and eat whatever it wants. But a good dad who loves his child will treat his child the best way he can and correct it when it is wrong, and feed it right. That is our God. He has rules for us, we must obey. Review Leviticus 11, and also chapter 23 to learn Gods rules. (Also the 10 commandments apply).

Loving Him

Because He loves us, we love Him with respect. We also show we love Him by loving others. We should be living examples of who Yeshua (Jesus) was and is. He was humble, kind, and a true servant and He loves the broken. We should be reaching out to others that are in need and sharing the truth with them. By showing that we respect authority, eat healthy, and live positively we are showing the world where we are getting this from…. People will come up to you and ask, “Why are you so happy all the time?” and you can tell them that the joy of the Lord is your strength. He is with you and you will not fall. Be confident in who you are in Him. You are a child of the living God and fear shall no longer live in you. Fear is from the enemy, not of God. DO NOT FEAR! Only, honor and respect Him and peace shall be with you because you have God on your side. I am no longer a slave to fear but I am a child of God… Let those words play over and over in your mind until the fear leaves you. Fear has no power over you…. He is greater than that and He dwells in you so you are greater than that too! You can overcome anything with God on your side. Trust Him today. If you want to gain more wisdom and fear the Lord more, read your Bible daily, especially Proverbs… It is full of wisdom. Pray to God everyday and strengthen your relationship with Him and He will build confidence inside of you. Be blessed.

 

 

For God So Loved…

Passover, to Unleavened Bread, to First Fruits. All a beautiful leading up to the Risen King.

What does this mean?

This is how we are no longer bound by sin and shame but we are set free in Him and can worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Death is now defeated and we are alive in Him forever.

What did Yeshua do for us? 

He made a way. When you feel bound by your sin, when you feel defeated, when you feel hopeless, remember what He did for you. He died FOR YOU. He died and then He rose so that you could live a life with Him by your side everyday. He came as a man and left as a King. You know all that sin you are embarrassed about? Ashamed of? He can forgive it, and He can give you eternal life. Lay your sin out before Him and confess it because He is just to forgive it.

I am Unworthy

You feel unworthy of His sacrifice? So do I. I daily say, “Lord, why me? I am so unworthy. Why did You die for me?” He is so kind, so good, so loving. He says that we are beautiful in His sight, we are white as snow when we confess our sins to Him. He moves mountains for us, He heals us, He fills us with His presence. He does so much for us that we do not deserve. He doesn’t want Heaven without us, so that is why He tore the veil. He desires to be close to us, to have a relationship with us. Without Him dying on the cross we would not have that closeness with Him. You ARE worthy, you are worth it to Him. Don’t ever forget it. In your time of distress, remember Him, remember His love…

He Loves Us

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” 1 Peter 3:18

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed…”Isaiah 53:1-12

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Today we celebrate the Risen King. We worship Him, give Him thanks and honor for what He did on the cross. He is coming again.

For God so loved the world… He made a way where there was no way. He freely gave His life, now I owe my life to Him. Make that commitment today. Give Him your all. He deserves all the glory and honor. Amen! He is risen and He is coming back again!

Reasons and Excuses for Worship

Reasons To Not Worship

“Too Shy”

“I am too shy for worship… I don’t want people to stare at me. What will they think of me? I look ridiculous.”

These are what I like to call excuses for not worshiping. For not lifting your hands in praise to our King. One thing we have to get straight is WHO CARES? When we worship, it should not matter what others think about you. You are not worshiping for their sake, so they can see how “holy” you are. The only reason for worship is to lift up the name of my King, to let His praise ever be on my lips! Why are you shy? Why does it feel like the world is looking down on me when I lift my hands? Why is it that all I think about when I lift my hands to praise is shame and embarrassment? These are questions I once had before my true encounter with the Lord.

Why Is It So Hard?

What I want to point out is, it is not hard. All the feelings you have of fear is not God. All the shame, not Him. You are thinking too much about pleasing people and not about what the Lord sees in you. He delights in YOU. He delights in dancing over you and seeing you sacrifice yourself for Him. When we lift our hands in praise it is a sacrifice to God because we are denying the feelings of embarrassment and pleasing others to worship Him. When you lift your hands things happen. When you deny yourself chains inside begin to break and you begin to feel His presence, you begin to feel set free. ‘

Reasons To Worship

Why not worship? He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Why not praise Him? He deserves it. He is worthy of all our praise and worship, isn’t He? Worship is like showing your affection to Him, showing your commitment, showing your love for Him. When I worship I just begin to thank Him for all He has done for me. He fights for me everyday even when I am having a bad day and I do not talk to Him at all, He still blesses me, He still loves me, so how can I not praise Him? Worship is the closest thing to Heaven on earth. That is what I can compare it to. I love the lyrics to this new Hillsong song called, “What A Beautiful Name”. It reads, “You didn’t want Heaven without us, so Jesus (Yeshua) You brought Heaven down. My sin was great, Your love was greater, so what can separate us now?” I just love that verse. Yeshua did not want Heaven without us and that is why He died for us, He wanted to be close to us because He loves us. When we praise Him we are thanking Him for the things He has done, for what He did, and what He is going to do in the future.

Worship In Everything

I was listening to a interview the other day with Jenn Johnson and was talking about worship. Her father in-law was in the car with her and she was frustrated with her kids and she said, “Mommy hat off, worship hat on.” In an instant her father in-law replies, “The problem is, is the worship hat never should have come off.” I love that. No matter where you are, you are always in a state of worship. We do not just wait to be in His presence when we go to service once a week or a prayer meeting, the worship NEVER ENDS. I talk under my breath constantly… I am always praying. I am always communicating with my King because I do not know what to do without Him. I come to my church expecting to meet with Him because on the Sabbath our level of holiness is lifted higher than any other normal day and the Father has a meeting with us. So when I come, I come ready, I come already filled with His spirit, I come expecting to be healed, to be set free, to be filled with the joy of His presence. In everything, praise the Lord. When I wake up the first thing that should come out of my mouth is “Thank You for waking me up this morning and breathing Your breath into my lungs.” Let your day be filled with thanksgiving for the things God is doing in your life. He is always dong something for you whether you know it or not.

Worship Setting

There is so much joy involved in being apart of a worship service with other people who are expecting to meet with God the same as you. The most beautiful sound in the world, in my opinion, is the sound of a new song being sang from Gods people in a state of worship. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, a new song is a term used for a spontaneous song from the Holy Spirit. It is the stillness between songs, the moment when the music continues but all you hear is new songs coming from peoples hearts as they lift their praises to the King. It is so beautiful. Worship changes your life, your attitude, your mind… Everything you do will change because of worship. Your health will even be changed. When you are in a constant state of joy and peace you will physically feel good and healthy. If you’re always sad, always down cast, not full of hope, not full of joy, your bones will ache and your heart will sting with bitterness and depression.

Worship Sets You Free

Worship will set you free, because Yeshua is invited in, the Holy Spirit is flowing through the place you are worshiping and touching people. Have you seen altar calls? People who go to the front of the stage and bow down to God to give up things that is not of Him because they desire to be closer to Him, they desire to be set free. Usually others feel led to bow down, or someone will feel led to go up and pray for those who are asking. As a body of Messiah we work together to help each other to be set free from bondage. Yeshua can set you free from sickness, depression, anxiety, fear, worry, sexual addictions, lust… All these things you lay down at the feet of Yeshua. My father in-law told me something that I will never forget. He said this,

“When you meet with Yeshua face to face are you gonna shake His hand or lay at His feet?”

That line says it all. This is how we need to treat worship. When you worship you are coming to meet with Yeshua, to lay yourself down in surrender. To not think of what everyone else thinks and think of what God must feel to see His children laying at His feet in awe of ALL that He is and thanking Him. What joy He must feel…

Scriptures About Worship

“Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago” Isaiah 25:1

“Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.” Exodus 23:25

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

“Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 103:1

“You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

“My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long.” Psalm 71:8

“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” 2 Samuel 7:22